morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty | \ mȯr-ˈbi-də-tē How to pronounce morbidity (audio) \

Definition of morbidity

1 : the quality or state of being morbid especially : an attitude, quality, or state of mind marked by excessive gloom … there must have been some strange morbidity in his nature which made him take a grim pleasure in self-torture. — Somerset Maugham
2 : a diseased state or symptom : ill health Parasitic protozoans and helminths represent two major groups of infectious agents that are responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality in human and animal populations.— Adel A. F. Mahmoud also : a complication or undesirable side effect following surgery or medical treatment Because laryngectomy results in substantial functional morbidity, including the loss of the natural voice … alternative forms of treatment have been developed. The New England Journal of Medicine
3 : the incidence of disease : the rate of illness (as in a specified population or group) Because the young lack immune capability, the morbidity of viral upper respiratory diseases often reaches 100 percent of kittens in a litter or household.— Margaret Reister also : the incidence of complications or undesirable side effects following surgery or medical treatment … radical prostatectomy in this setting … is associated with a very high morbidity. — Phillip W. Kantoff

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Recent Examples on the Web Fragile skin is a major concern for the elderly, causing substantial morbidity and a reduction in dermal complications in the elderly could have substantial clinical and financial benefits in terms of health care spend. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, "Women In Longevity – Bringing Science Of Aging To Aesthetic Medicine Dr. Stephanie Manson Brown," 27 Apr. 2021 The quality of air breathed, which depends on the degree of environmental pollution, contributes to the asthma morbidity of urban residents in the United States like African Americans. Obasi Okorie, Scientific American, "I Can't Breathe: Asthma, Black Men and the Police," 14 Oct. 2020 Bailey then wants to schedule a morbidity and mortality conference so that everyone can walk through what happened. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "Grey’s Anatomy Recap: Just a Little Closer," 19 Mar. 2021 While the homeless morbidity report for all of 2020 has not yet been released, the county is now reporting 180 homeless Covid-19 deaths to date, which tracks with the extreme Covid surge LA saw in December and January. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "The uncounted: People who are homeless are invisible victims of Covid-19," 14 Mar. 2021 Comprehensive insurance coverage must become the standard ethic of care and a moral priority in efforts to reduce the impact of maternal mortality and morbidity and improve health and wellness during the postpartum period. Jamila K. Taylor, Scientific American, "We Must Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage," 11 Mar. 2021 Monetary fluctuations, climate patterns, population shifts, opinion research and morbidity rates are now joined by data from IoT devices, social media, vehicle telematics and other sources. Todd Mostak, Forbes, "Where To Find Free Public Datasets To Supplement Proprietary Data Analytics," 5 Mar. 2021 But even those with asthma who did develop severe infection did not have a higher risk of morbidity nor mortality compared to the non-asthmatic population. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Asthma Biologic May Reduce Severe Attacks By More Than 50%," 1 Mar. 2021 Obesity is a co-morbidity for serious complications from covid-19. Washington Post, "Coronavirus vaccines are coming. Who should get them first?," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of morbidity

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Morbidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morbidity. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty | \ mȯr-ˈbid-ət-ē How to pronounce morbidity (audio) \
plural morbidities

Medical Definition of morbidity

1 : a diseased state or symptom : ill health Parasitic protozoans and helminths represent two major groups of infectious agents that are responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality in human and animal populations.— Adel A. F. Mahmoud, Nature also : a complication or undesirable side effect following surgery or medical treatment Because laryngectomy results in substantial functional morbidity, including the loss of the natural voice … alternative forms of treatment have been developed. The New England Journal of Medicine
2 : the incidence of disease : the rate of illness (as in a specified population or group) Because the young lack immune capability, the morbidity of viral upper respiratory diseases often reaches 100 percent of kittens in a litter or household.— Margaret Reister, Cat Fancy also : the incidence of complications or undesirable side effects following surgery or medical treatment … radical prostatectomy in this setting … is associated with a very high morbidity. — Phillip W. Kantoff, Scientific American Medicine — compare mortality sense 2

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